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Dorene Samuels Markel, M.S., M.H.S.A.

Director, The Brehm Center
Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of Medical Education

Dorene S. Markel, M.S., M.H.S.A., holds the position of Director of the Brehm Center at the University of Michigan Health System, which is focused on transforming the way research and collaborations are undertaken, utilizing diabetes research as a platform.

Ms. Markel has been on staff at the University of Michigan Medical School since 1984 and has held a number of positions working in the areas of genetic and clinical research, both in scientific and administrative capacities. She recently served as the Associate Director for Alliances and Collaborations for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), as the Director of Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Michigan Medical School, and as the founding Managing Director of MICHR, home of the institution’s NIH Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA).

Ms. Markel holds a faculty appointment in the Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences and conducts research focused on engaging the community in clinical research. She was the co-PI (co-Principal Investigator) of an NIH Partners in Research Grant focused in this area and is currently developing new research based on those findings that focuses on health literacy in minority populations clinical research engagement in diabetes research. Ms. Markel played key roles in growing the clinical and translational research enterprise at U of M in her prior leadership positions in the General Clinical Research Center, the Center for Advancement of Clinical Research and MICHR. She was the creator and early champion of the University of Michigan’s clinical research portal for participant recruitment, UMClinicalStudies.org (previously called “Engage”). She also played a key role in the development of the Human Genome Center at the University of Michigan (Dr. Francis Collins, Center Director, now Director of NIH) where she served as the Director of Human and Family Studies. Ms. Markel was the first Genetic Counselor to be employed at the University of Michigan, and among the first nationally to specialize in neurogenetic conditions.

Ms. Markel has also served on numerous committees and taskforces locally and nationally, including service on the State of Michigan Department of Community Health Scientific Advisory Board and as an elected member of the University of Michigan School of Public Health Alumni Board of Governors. She was awarded the University’s Distinguished Research Administrator Award the first year it was given in 2001. Ms. Markel received a Master’s Degree in Human Genetics, specializing in genetic counseling, from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1983 and a Master’s Degree is Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 1991.